Junior Counselor program at Appalachian Christian Camp is a great way for
older students to serve the younger students in the camp program. This
gives the Junior Counselor an opportunity to develop Christian mentoring
skills. This also allows Program Directors to augment their staff with
wonderful young people who wish to serve others.
Defined: A Junior
Counselor is defined as anyone serving on the staff of a Program Director
who is still young enough to attend a camp session at Appalachian
Counselors report directly to the Program Director and any adult counselor
the Program Director may choose.
Requirements to be a
- Must be at least 3 grades ahead
of the oldest camper in the session in which they will be serving
- Must attend a camp session as a
camper during the same summer in which they wish to serve as a Junior
- Exceptions to this requirement
are at the sole discretion of the camp’s Executive Director and will be
rare. The request must be made by the Program Director.
the session they will attend is after the camp in which they will serve
as a Junior Counselor, they must be registered with a non-refundable
deposit paid for their camp session no later than 2 weeks prior to
session in which they will serve as a Junior Counselor.
- A 25% discount/rebate will be
given to the Junior Counselor for the session in which they attend as a
camper. A discount will be given if they have already served as a Junior
Counselor; a rebate will be given otherwise after they have completed
their service as a Junior Counselor
- It is the Junior Counselor’s
responsibility to make the initial contact with the Program Director for
whom the wish to serve.
- Sign the Junior
Counselor Registration Form, have
your parent/guardian sign the form, and return the form to the Program
Director for whom you wish to serve.
Requirements of the
It is the sole responsibility of the
Program Director to ensure the following take place. Failure to do so
could lead to some Junior Counselors not being able to serve during their
- Communicate all of the
information in the Junior
Counselor Registration Form and
all policies regarding counselors to the potential Junior Counselors and
- Make sure that each Junior
Counselor has the maturity to serve in this capacity.
- The ministry of developing
Junior Counselors as Christian leaders is secondary to the primary
ministry of the campers.
- If a Junior Counselor needs a
program that focuses solely on their own leadership skills, the camp
offers PATHWay, which is an outstanding choice, or they need to receive
Aaron’s Note for Clarity’s
Sake: I do hope
their leadership, discipleship, and mentoring skills are developed while
serving as a Junior Counselor. I just want to make sure it is absolutely
clear that the ministry to the campers takes precedence over to ministry
to our counselors.
- Make sure each Junior Counselor
has a full understanding of why they are serving - that they are here for
the ministry and not for a “back-stage pass” to camp.
- Have no more than 25% of their
staff made up of Junior Counselors.
- Ensure that there is no bedroom
in which a Junior Counselor is the only staff person spending the night.
- Ensure that families/teams are
led by an equal number or greater adults than Junior Counselors.
- Designate one adult to serve as
the mentor for each Junior Counselor. Preferably this will be someone with
several year’s experience who can offer guidance and oversee the Junior
- Sign and return the Junior
Counselor Registration Form to
the camp office at least 2 weeks prior to the beginning of your camp. No
Junior Counselor will be accepted after this point.
You can email any of the Program Directors you wish to work with.